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  1. The annual Emergency Nurses Association conference is dedicated to the emergency nursing profession and it will be held in the City of Bridges at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center (Pittsburgh, Pa.), Sept. 26 - 29, 2018. "Emergency Nursing 2018" will bring attendees unique opportunities for hands-on education, access to cutting-edge research and renowned experts in emergency medicine as well as opportunities to network with nurses from around the world. There are numerous ways to take advantage of the education and networking opportunities at the conference this year. Attendees can earn over 29 contact hours and choose from more than 160 sessions ranging from pediatrics and geriatrics, to leadership, trauma, advanced practice and forensics. All attendees have the opportunity to build their own personal agenda by pre-registering for their desired sessions, including hands on cadaver and ultrasound labs. This year, there will be more advanced practice content available too. In partnership with the American Academy of Emergency Nurse Practitioners (AAENP),ENA has created a full day Advanced Practice Procedural Skills Lab that allows attendees to participate in hands-on practice elements, two interactive simulations to promote clinical reasoning skills, a basic suturing workshop and more. This experience can be further enhanced by an advanced practice ten-course track designed to dive deep into common advanced practice emergency nursing skills and address the risks, benefits and possible complications that become considerations practitioners should be versed in. The conference offers several interactive experiences in the Exhibit Hall including: ENA Learning Lab: Discover clinical education sessions on the exhibit floor and earn CERPs - topics include IV infiltration, intubation, obstetrics in the ED and more. Career Wellness Center: Access professional services like headshots, make use of private interview spaces and unwind in the ENA sponsored relaxation station. DisastER: Visit the flight medical helicopter and tent to learn more about transport nursing. Presentation topics will focus on how to become a transport nurse, how to transport intubated patients and more: SIM Wars: 16 teams of four will compete in a two-day emergency simulation competition on two separate stages complete with bracket style playoffs, ending in a championship round. AdvancED: Step into the future of emergency nursing. This fully-equipped, mock, four- bed ED provides nurses at any stage of their career with progressive clinical information allowing groups of six to eight to participate in hands-on clinical simulations. EDTalks/SMACC Talks: Listen while colleagues, ENA representatives and valued partners share short presentations focused on successful ideas, trends, equipment, supplies, services, research studies, practical problem-solving efforts and expertise that are optimizingEDs around the country. Early bird rates are available through July 31, 2018. For more information or to register for the conference, visit Emergency Nursing 2018. Register When: September 26 - 29, 2018 Where: David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, PA Primary Spokesperson: ENA President Jeff Solheim, MSN, RN, CEN, TCRN, CFRN, FAEN, FAAN Conference Website For additional information regarding ENA, please contact Tim Mucha at tim.mucha@ena.org, 847.460.4022 Rates Registration Type Early Bird Deadline July 31, 2018 Advanced Registration After July 31, 2018 Member - Full Conference $520 $750 Member - Two Day $350 $500 Member - One Day $185 $285 Non-Member - Full Conference $620 $850 Non-member - Two Day $450 $600 Non-member - One Day $285 $385 General Assembly - Full Conference $520 $520 General Assembly - Two Day $350 $350 General Assembly - Thursday Only $185 $185 Student Nurses* - Full Conference $250 $250 Student Nurses* - One Day $100 $100 Faculty Discounted Rate** $250 $250 *Student rate applies to both member and non-member students, based on ENA Student Membership requirements. **Must be approved for discounted rate. Please contact education@ena.org for details. Hotel Information: ENA has negotiated travel discounts and secured a limited number of reduced-rate hotel rooms to make your trip to Pittsburgh affordable. Through the travel experts at onPeak, rooms at the group rate are limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Please login into the registration dashboard to book your hotel. You must have an active Emergency Nursing 2018 registration in order to reserve a hotel room in the official hotel block. Reservations without active registration records will be canceled and a cancellation confirmation will be sent. Please note: You may book up to 3 rooms per registrant. If you require more than three rooms, please email your request to ena@onpeak.com. Official ENA Hotels The Westin Convention Center Pittsburgh - Headquarter Hotel Starting at $209/night Courtyard by Marriott Pittsburgh Downtown Starting at $199/night Doubletree by Hilton & Suites Pittsburgh Downtown Starting at $199/night Embassy Suites by Hilton Pittsburgh Downtown Starting at $189/night Hampton Inn & Suites Pittsburgh Downtown Starting at $184/night Kimpton Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh Starting at $234/night Omni William Penn Hotel Starting at $205/night Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel Starting at $189/night
  2. Pixie.RN

    Emergency Nursing

    What is Emergency Nursing? Emergency nurses specialize in caring for patients in potentially emergent or critical condition, be it from illness or injury. Because this specialty is unique in that patients do not necessarily arrive with a diagnosis, emergency nurses must be able to rapidly recognize impending threats. Patients will range in age from neonates to centenarians, and will arrive in all conditions. Care of these patients is typically intended to be short-term in duration; however, with hospital crowding, lack of beds for admission, and lack of access, some patients become very familiar to staff. And no, it's nothing like on TV! Education Requirements An Emergency Department (ED) may employ a variety of types of nurses, including LPNs, ADN-prepared RNs, BSN-prepared RNs, MSN-prepared RNs (often in department management or education), and even Nurse Practitioners in a mid-level provider role. Not all types of nurses will be present in all EDs as hiring preferences vary by location. Additional certifications that an emergency nurse may be required to obtain or might want to pursue include: Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC), Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course (ENPC), and Advanced Burn Life Support (ABLS). Additional courses may be required by or available at other locations; this list is not all-inclusive. Emergency Nursing as a Specialty As the "Emergency Room" (ER) has morphed into the full-fledged "Emergency Department" (ED), so has the emergency nursing specialty grown in prominence. Though there have been emergency nurses for decades (after all, the Emergency Nurses Association [ENA]) was founded in 1970), it was only officially recognized by the American Nurses Association (ANA) as a specialty in 2011. Board Certification Two primary emergency-related board certifications for RNs are the Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN) credential and the Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse (CPEN) credential. To qualify for the CEN, one must be an RN with an unrestricted license in the US or its territories, and there is no minimum practice requirement, though two years is recommended. To qualify for the CPEN, a candidate must hold a current unrestricted RN license in the United States or Canada and have practiced at least 1,000 hours in pediatric emergency nursing practice as an RN in the preceding 24 months. Links to the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN) are available in the "Resources" section below. A new trauma-specific board certification is the BCEN's Trauma Certified Registered Nurse (TCRN) credential. To sit for the exam, one must hold a current unrestricted RN license in the United States or its Territories, and a nursing certificate that is equivalent to a US RN is also acceptable. Two years of trauma experience is recommended with 1,000 hours per year across the trauma continuum, and 20-30 hours of trauma-specific coursework. A link to more information about the TCRN is below. Work Environment Emergency nurses most commonly work in the hospital-based ED setting, though they are also employed at freestanding EDs, urgent care centers, and in prehospital environments in some areas. Typically an emergency nurse can expect to have unlicensed assistive personnel resident in the department, such as unit secretaries, registration associates, and Patient Care Technicians (PCTs). The broader interdisciplinary team also includes radiology techs, lab techs, respiratory therapists, and other specialists who participate in caring for patients. The entire team, including providers, works closely to care for patients and arrive at a diagnosis and disposition. Skills/Qualities of Emergency Nurses Emergency nurses should possess excellent assessment skills to ensure that their patients are not experiencing an immediate or potential life threat. Often emergency nurses are the first to see patients, before the providers; as such, rapid recognition and identification of health issues is essential. Communication is also key to elucidating a patient's reason for visiting the ED, which may provide clues to a current or potential health issue. The environment is fast-paced and constantly changing. Duties of the Emergency Nurse The emergency nurse may fill many roles in the ED: triage, charge (directing patient flow), direct patient care, trauma nurse, and so forth. The emergency nurse constantly communicates with patients, often acting as the patient's advocate. He or she must be attuned to any changes in patient condition that require a change in treatment or intervention, and must keep the rest of the team apprised of any such changes. Emergency nurses often make arrangements for admission or transfer of patients, which can be a complex and time-consuming task requiring close communication with the accepting facility staff, the patient, any family, and the transport team. Job Outlook and Salary Though the downturn in hiring has certainly affected nursing across the board, this is a specialty that has been relatively stable for experienced nurses. New graduate nurses may have more difficulty with direct entry into emergency nursing practice, but emergency nursing opportunities remain available and desirable. Salary will vary by education and location. Emergency nurses typically work in shifts, which results in shift differential and other benefits. Resources Emergency Nurses Association Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing - Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN) Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing - Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse (CPEN) Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing - Trauma Certified Registered Nurse (TCRN)
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